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Report on Beth Israel vigil 07-11-15

Posted on July 12th, 2015 at 11:33 am by

Je suis Alison

We wonder about the powers behind the organization when three officers of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation sign a document calling our friend Alison Weir onto the carpet to answer to charges from an un-named source. The three officers signing onto the document described are:

Felicia Eaves, Co-Chair, Steering Committee
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director
Sandra Tamari, Member, Steering Committee

One cannot review the credentials and descriptions of these well-meaning folks – two Palestinians, one African American – without hearing the voice of Malcolm X, who warned us of this calumny:

But, anyway, I know that every time that whites join a black organization, you watch, pretty soon the blacks will be leaning on the whites to support it, and before you know it a black may be up front with a title, but the whites, because of their money, are the real controllers.*

We ask: Who is calling the shots on this letter of inquisition? One needn’t wear special sunglasses to observe telling evidence which can be found by examining the eight questions put to Alison, to which she must respond by August 3. Of these eight questions, fully five of them raise “anti-Semitism” as an issue, and a sixth talks about Jewish “blood libel”. Are the three signatories to this document REALLY that concerned about Jewish sensibilities in what’s supposed to be a Palestinian LIBERATION movement?

Or, is the hidden hand of the Jewish leaders behind the scenes writing the script that these three affix their signatures? Readers are left to draw their own conclusions.

Alison, I speak for every member of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends, when I write: “We are with you. Nous sommes, Alison.”

No, You Can’t

I noticed a small gathered group at our vigil on June 13, 2015, and proceeded over to see what the flap was about. I recorded this event, which you can view here and listen to the woman speaking to our group. After she finishes airing her views, I ask: “Could I say something?” and her reply “No you can’t” is a classic example of Jewish arrogance. See what you think.

JWPF Attends Al-Quds Day in Dearborn

Three members of Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends attended a political/religious event in Dearborn, Michigan this week. Al-Quds day mixes Islamic prayer with politics, inviting “people of conscience [to] express solidarity with the oppressed of the world, particularly the innocent of Palestine. We invite all the peace-loving people to voice their opposition against the unjust occupation and the usurpation of Palestine by the oppressive Zionist regime.”

Al-Quds Dearborn.jpg
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/Photos/Al-Quds%20Dearborn.jpg.jpg

One impression from this event: were it not for Professor David Skrbina who spoke at this event, the J-word, apparently forbidden in this most Arab-populated city in the US, would not have been uttered. Good job, David, to remind his audience that “Israel” is the Jewish state, and that the “Jewish Lobby” wields great power in our nation’s capitol.

Once again we return to Paul Eisen to observe that the crimes “against the Palestinian people [are] being committed by a Jewish state with Jewish soldiers using weapons displaying Jewish religious symbols, and with the full support and complicity of the overwhelming mass of organized Jews worldwide.”

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Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
* The Autobiography of Malcolm X, p. 384
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 06-20-15

Posted on June 24th, 2015 at 11:47 am by

Hanging Germans Out to Dry

Much has been made of the recent debate between Yousef Munayyer and Peter Beinart, where, according to Gilad Atzmon, Munayyer exposed Beinart’s Jewish tribalism. Actually, Beinart did it to himself, telling his audience

“Is my view shaped by the fact that as a Jew I’m attached to the idea that in a post-Holocaust world, there should be one state on earth devoted to Jewish self protection and Jewish self-expression? Yes. I plead guilty”

A few of us noted that Yousef – while he did an excellent job rebutting and exposing Beinart’s “need” for a Jewish supremacist state – allowed his opponent to get away with the big one. The Holocaust – seen through Beinart’s “Jewish prism” – has been used as the 800-pound Jewish Gorilla who says “Don’t go there” to intelligent, thoughtful and well spoken people like Yousef Munayyer. Don’t challenge Jewish claims on unique suffering, even though Germans never made bars of soap out of Jewish prisoners, nor lampshades out of their skins, nor who-knows-what-else. Don’t challenge these Jewish claims, because if you do – and are successful at doing it – Jews will be unable to convince the world to look away while they continue to bludgeon Palestinians like yourself into oblivion.

It’s very clear to those paying attention that Jewish Power has targeted the people of Palestine. There are other targets selected by this powerful minority that get lost – intentionally or otherwise – in the focus on Palestinian “solidarity”. Haven’t the German people – seventy years after the real or alleged crimes of WWII – suffered sufficiently? The media, especially Hollywood, exults in flogging Germans.

Mr. Munayyer elected not to “go there” in his debate with Beinart, more willing to remain silent while his co-victim of Jewish Power – the German people – get tossed under the wheels of the Jewish Power bus. He did not question his powerful opponent on Beinart’s claim to unique suffering during WWII. In fact, Munayyer even plays along with this gag, quoting Menachim Begin who likened the policies of Israel “to the laws of the Nazis”. Could anything be worse?

Now Hold On a Minute

This report is NOT a criticism of Yousef Munayyer; he made a clear case for the Palestinian Right of Return, and made a mockery of Beinart’s racist request for a “two-state solution”. It is unrealistic to expect that Yousef would challenge the 800 pound Jewish Gorilla in such a setting. After all, his opponent was a columnist for an Israeli newspaper and the supposedly evenhanded moderator was Sigal Samuel, the Jewish Daily Forward’s deputy digital media editor. And we note – like Yousef might have – the fates suffered by Will Smith, Arun Ghandi, Charles Freeman and others who have crossed the Gorilla.

The purpose of this report is a heads-up to ALL of us when a Jewish opponent tries to hammer us with the Holocaust Cudgel. The late Shulamit Aloni knew “the trick”. To deflect criticism of Jewish Power and its crimes, merely unleash the Holocaust Gorilla at your opponent. We should challenge, rather than accept, this trick.

Perhaps the next time we find ourselves in a debate with a Jewish intellectual and the Holocaust card is played, we can invite him/her to sign onto Paul Eisen’s “Jews for Justice for Germans” statement, which demands in part:

We call on all Jews to demand that the interactions between Germans and Jews 1933-1945 be open to discussion in the same way as any other events in history

In this connection we call on all Governments to repeal, with immediate effect, all Holocaust denial laws and immediately publicly apologize to and compensate all who have suffered under those laws.

If the Holocaust card is allowed to be played unchallenged in the Palestine debate, Jews win the day in the field of public opinion. John Doe will find it difficult to side with the Palestinians because he will have more sympathy for the oppressors of Palestinians than the Palestinians themselves. Challenging the orthodoxy of the standard Holocaust narrative could be an effective way of leveling the playing field. Beinart and other Jews need to be warned that the next time they introduce the Gorilla, that action may open a can a worms they’d rather have remained sealed.

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Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 06-13-15

Posted on June 14th, 2015 at 7:23 pm by

Want to Debate?

Please link to the following 1-minute harangue authored by University of Michigan Professor Victor Lieberman and observe how he employs three hasbara techniques in an attempt to disrupt our peaceful vigils. First, he tries to divert our mission from holding Zionist Jews accountable for their support of Israeli crimes by bringing up a second issue. When that fails, he launches into a purely ad hominem attack, and ends by challenging this author to a debate.

This rat-a-tat delivery, filled with deception, works well for Victor, and he appears confident in his offer to debate. What, however, happens when it is he who receives, rather than initiates, the challenge to debate? Remembering JWPF’s guest speaker on May 28, here’s the email from Dr. Kevin Barrett to the good professor:

Hello Victor,

I recently did a book talk in Ann Arbor and met Henry Herskovitz and his friends, who said you would be an interesting radio show guest.

So I’m writing to invite you to join me to discuss the issues you raise in the letter to Marcia Federbush appended below. We could pre-record at a time of your convenience between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern, or do a live show any Friday beginning June 12th from 8 to 9 pm Eastern.

Heads up: I’m an American Muslim, my Ph.D. is in Arabic (Islamic Studies focus) and my views on Zionism are in line with those of most Muslims.

Thank you for considering this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Lieberman, the debate challenger:

Dear Kevin,

Thanks for the invitation, but I have not the slightest interest in joining you. I would like to know. however, who provided you a copy of my letter to Marcia Federbush.

Kevin’s (appropriate) rejoinder:

Dear Victor,

I have a double agent planted inside your Mossad-sayanim network who was kind enough to provide me with samples of your correspondence.

If you ever develop enough courage to defend your views in a discussion or debate, please do let me know.

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Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 05-30-15

Posted on May 31st, 2015 at 6:37 pm by

Walking on our Fighting Side

When Jewish Voice for Peace sent a letter to our respected friend, supporter and principled investigative journalist Alison Weir refusing to work with her, they are, in the words of Merle Haggard, “walking on the fightin’ side of me”. Certainly, Alison can fight her own battles, and she does so in her reply, but JVP exposes its true tribal roots, its “third category Jewishness”, and its Zionist ingathering by writing such a letter. If Gilad Atzmon is correct in his definition of Zionism as a “Jewish tribal preservation project” then the shoe fits, and JVP is unmasked as the fifth columnists they are. Paraphrasing the words of the late Helen Thomas, these Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine liberation”, because they’re playing for the other team.

On the slight chance that we’re wrong about JVP’s hidden Zionist agenda, let’s put the question to JVP leadership and individual JVP members: Do you support Israel’s claimed right to exist as a Jewish state? Yes or No … Up or Down … no Ruebner-like equivocating … which side are you on, really?

Will Ann Arbor Jews Vie for Censorship Title?

Long-in-the-tooth readers will remember the Soprano-esque letter by Physician Barry Gross in 2004 where he reminded the Mayor of Ann Arbor and his City Council that “The time when your silence [on our peaceful vigils] was acceptable is long past. The 470 family units in our congregation virtually all live in Ann Arbor. We are avid voters. We are watching closely for your response”. The “response” was that these deserters of the US Constitution, threw that Constitution under the bus and issued a resolution “condemn[ing]” our weekly, non-violent exercise of our First Amendment rights.

Now comes Professor Victor Lieberman, aka “the spitter”, who pens a late letter to the editor of the Ann Arbor Observer, requesting that he cancel the ad promoting our vigils*. Claiming that our group “is composed of hard-core anti-Semites”, he asks the editor “I see no principled difference between this group and the Ku Klux Klan. Would you allow the KKK to recruit members in The Observer?”

Be careful what you wish for, Victor. Do you really want to introduce a group promoting White supremacism into the discussion, when it’s your own group – Beth Israel Congregation – which promotes Jewish supremacism in Palestine? The battle between which Jewish Zionist has the most political sway – Lieberman or Gross – might well be determined this fall, when JWPF plans to run a second ad in the Observer. Do stay tuned.

Kevin Barrett Produces Sleepless Nights in Ann Arbor

JWPF was privileged to host Kevin Barrett this week, who spoke to twenty folks from southeast Michigan. He talked about false flag operations from the provoked and staged bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Gulf of Tonkin attack to the assassination of JFK, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attacks on NYC and Washington, and the recent “French 9/11″, the false flag attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. Kevin coated just about everything this writer thought he knew with a heavy blanket of doubt, and from the reports we’ve gathered from other listeners, I was not the only one.

Good for you, Kevin. Keep stirring things up and opening the eyes of those still willing to attempt to separate wheat from chaff.

Email From a Close Friend

Vigil Supporter H writes:

Ehu’d they elect this time?

Netanotheryahoo, I hope.

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* ad appears on p. 79 of June edition
May 23: 8 vigilers
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New York Times, Dec. 1914, “consider the plight of more than 6,000,000 Jews who live within the war zone”
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 05-16-15

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 at 5:40 pm by

Kevin Barrett to promote new book in Ann Arbor

This writer, along with JWPF and Deir Yassin Remembered, is pleased to announce an evening fireside chat with Veterans Today editor Kevin Barrett. Kevin will be plugging his new book, We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo!: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11

This book asks the questions that need to be asked: false flags, free speech, who is being manipulated and by whom, WMD’s etc. Readers are encouraged to review the book’s introduction at the link above.

Kevin will appear at this writer’s house
Thursday, May 28
7:30 PM
All are invited; for those needing location, please email me at hersko@umich.edu

JWPF Advertises our Vigils in Ann Arbor Observer

The June edition of Ann Arbor’s hip and trendy Observer will sport an advertisement encouraging attendance at our weekly vigils. Text of the ad reads

Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends. Weekly, peaceful pro-Palestinian (anti-Israel) vigils in front of Beth Israel Congregation every Saturday. Signs supplied, or bring your own; everyone is invited to stand with us. 9:30 – 10:45 AM, 2000 Washtenaw, one traffic light past “The Rock”, towards Ypsilanti. Supported by DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED 734-663-3649 or vigilannarbor@hotmail.com

The color display ad will appear as

May 2015 AAObserver ad-sm
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/PDF%20Files/05.15_jwit1.pdf

Note: Readers who wish to contribute to the cost of this ad ($650) may make tax deductible donations to:

Deir Yassin Remembered, Inc.
c/o Daniel McGowan
9 One Mile Point
Geneva, New York 14456

Please add: “JWPF ad” in the memo line of your check

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Shocker: No wartime photo of a homicidal gas chamber exists
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-25-15

Posted on April 26th, 2015 at 11:30 am by

Who Needs to “Stop the Hate”?

Ever-alert Vigil Supporter S draws our attention to a Washington Post article: “‘Killing Jews is Worship’ posters will soon appear on NYC subways and buses”, which describes the successful attempt by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in having their posters attached to New York City subways and buses. The poster, pictured below, reads in part

ISLAMIC JEW HATRED
IT’S IN THE KORAN
STOP THE HATE

hate
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hersko/Photos/hate.jpg

Where’s the hate? Where does this claim originate? Does the Quran actually say “We Hate Jews”? We at JWPF just plain don’t know, but would be quite surprised to find it in the Muslims’ holy book.

We are NOT surprised, however, to find the shoe plainly on the other foot. Enter the high priest of Holocaustianity Elie Wiesel, who unrepentantly offered his fellow tribesmen some succinct advice:

Every Jew, somewhere in his being, should set apart a zone of hate—healthy, virile hate—for what the German personifies and for what persists in the German. [source: Commentary]

Now if that isn’t “hate speech”, then we don’t know what is. True, US law does not define a crime of “hate speech”, perhaps because if we ever did come up with a working definition, Mr. Wiesel could be prosecuted. And if that were to occur, we envision lunches with famed Jewish attorney Alan Dershowitz, where the two could discuss Elie’s charges while enjoying some hamantaschen. For the uninitiated, this baked good is the Jewish Purim ritual of eating the body parts (in this case, the ear of Haman) of their enemies.

Jews know hatred, and they also know manipulation. How to conceal the obvious hatred their religion and culture promote, while in true Orwellian fashion accuse others of what they do best.

April 18: Seven vigilers
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No Holes, No Holocaust
Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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Report on Beth Israel vigil 04-11-15

Posted on April 13th, 2015 at 10:59 am by

With Apologies to Pauline Esther Friedman (aka Abigail van Buren)

From JWPF’s “Letters” bin, we uncovered a concerned note from “Confused in Ann Arbor” and hereby share its contents and response from an authority on Jewish identity politics, Gilad Atzmon:

Dear Gilad,

I attended a presentation by Josh Ruebner – Policy Director for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation – in Ann Arbor on March 28th. He took questions from the audience and I asked three: Since he mentioned that Zionists had “no right in international law to create a Jewish state”, was he willing to now admit that Israel had no right to exist as a Jewish state? His answer rubber-banded him back to his previous position: that no state has a “right” to exist, that organizing bodies like the UN “recognizes” states but grants them no rights. Seems to me, dear Gilad, that he dodged the essence of the question and those four pesky words “as a Jewish state”. Second question: Does his organization oppose Israel’s occupation to preserve or dismantle a Jewish state? Answer: the US Campaign takes no position on one state v. two state. And three: since the Jewish community clearly supports the Jewish state, when will his organization take on the Jews as contributors – financially and emotionally – as opponents in this struggle? Answer: Josh doesn’t think the Jewish community is monolithic in their support and will not challenge them for their support.

No, the Jewish community is not monolithic, but the range, in my opinion, is from right Zionist to left Zionists, you know, a kinder and gentler Jewish supremacist state. In fact, dear Gilad, Mr. Ruebner never utters the phrase “Jewish supremacism”, nor “Jewish Power”, while he and other Jewish leaders in the peace movement grab more and more control, thereby exercising the exact power they seemingly refuse to discuss. Can you help me resolve these issues? I’d really like to have a more favorable opinion of Josh.

Thank you,
Confused in Ann Arbor

This letter was answered immediately:

Dear Confused in Ann Arbor,

You are indeed confused for a reason. Monitoring Jewish progressive duplicity for more than a decade has left me with a clear impression that integrity, factuality and reason are foreign to the Jewish Left political discourse.

Josh Ruebner like Max Blumenthal, JVP, Mondoweiss and other Jewish left operators’ mission is simple – they attempt to convey an image of Jewish ethical thinking. The Palestinians and their plight have an instrumental role. They are there to affirm Jewish goodness. This may explain why Jewish solidarity didn’t liberate Palestine. It was there to conceal the Jewishness of Jewish State.

(signed) Gilad Atzmon

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Henry Herskovitz
Jewish Witnesses for Peace and Friends
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